Denver Broncos: 7 exciting things to look forward to after the bye

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Alexander Johnson
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 3: Linebacker Alexander Johnson #45 of the Denver Broncos hands an American Flag over to a member of the military on the field before game against the Cleveland Browns at Empower Field at Mile High on November 3, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

5. More of this defense

One of the top things to look forward to after the bye week, Bryce Callahan or not?

This defense.

The Broncos have six starters on the defense age 27 or younger right now, including some breakout players and some familiar faces:

  • LB Alexander Johnson
  • CB Davontae Harris
  • NCB Duke Dawson
  • LB Todd Davis
  • S Justin Simmons
  • OLB Malik Reed

The combination of youth and veterans on this Denver defense have the team ranked in the top five in total yards, first downs allowed, passing yards allowed, and red zone defense. The Broncos also rank seventh in the NFL in third-down defense.

This defense is good, and they’re playing at a very high level without Bradley Chubb, two starting cornerbacks, and a number of in-season changes to the top of the depth chart.

I cannot wait to see more from all of these guys.